Does anyone else find it shocking that a Swedish actor would be cast in a movie about vikings and Norse mythology? No? Didn’t think so.

Coming off a fantastic role in Metropia, Stellan Skarsgard has just signed on to play an unknown role in Thor. According to MovieWeb via the Swedish news rag Ystads Allehanda, Marvel didn’t even want Skarsgard to read the script before he signed on the dotted line, apparently because of how secretive they want the project kept.

Thor is going to be a challenge because it moves beyond the science-based superhero model that Marvel has made popular with Iron Man (and to a lesser degree The Hulk) and heads straight into the world of mythology. The project is set for a 2011 release and already has most of the main personnel in place with actor/writer/director Kenneth Branagh at the helm, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Thor’s private nurse Jane Foster, and now Skarsgard who will most likely not have barnacles all over his face for this one.

So now the question is which character in the universe Skarsgard will be playing. Since it’s all arbitrary speculation, I figure I’ll toss out two random guesses:

  1. Eric “Thunderstrike” Masterson, the architect who is saved by Thor and eventually given similar powers.
  2. Tyr, the God of War

I make the first guess because it’s just random enough to work, and I make the second guess because some of the other Gods have already been cast, and it would be cool to see Stellan Skarsgard with a cup where his hand used to be. And, you know, it would be really great to see Tyr make an appearance.

But I’m still crossing my fingers for Beta Ray Bill.

Just kidding. Beta Ray Bill sucks. What do you think?

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